I Tried Skinceuticals Custom D.O.S.E. & Here's What Happened
L’Oréal is no stranger to technological advancements. On the heels of breakthrough innovations like UV Sense and My UV Patch, the beauty giant—and Skincare.com parent company—unveiled yet another innovation that’s is, quite literally, shaking up the future of beauty. Scroll down to discover everything you need to know about SkinCeuticals Custom D.O.S.E—plus, how it went when we tried the state-of-the-art technology out for ourselves!
As we all know, skin care is not one size fits all. Sure there are products that are formulated for all skin types, or specific skin types, even down to specific concerns, but what has become evident over the years is that more and more people want access to customized skin care formulas, those that are tailor-made specifically for their complexion—and their complexion only. The obvious benefit of these customized formulas is that they’re engineered just for your skin’s needs, which can make targeting specific concerns a whole lot easier and more effective. And while these personalization services do already exist, we’ll never skip the opportunity to discuss one that’s really shaking things up. That’s where SkinCeuticals Custom D.O.S.E comes in. If you’re curious to know what SkinCeuticals Custom D.O.S.E is and what the technology can do for your skin, keep reading! We're sharing our full review of SkinCeuticals Custom D.O.S.E ahead!
WHAT IS SKINCEUTICALS CUSTOM D.O.S.E?
Developed by L’Oréal’s Technology Incubator in partnership with SkinCeuticals, Custom D.O.S.E is a state-of-the-art service that can scan and evaluate one’s skin needs, helping then to create a tailor-made corrective serum by combining a set of active ingredients. According to Global Vice President of L’Oreal’s Technology Incubator, Guive Balooch, D.O.S.E is essentially a mini skincare laboratory that combines lab grade formulation and factory grade manufacturing into a machine that conveniently sits on the counter. The technology itself is a first of its kind due to the fact that it can mix specific ingredients to help address common skin care woes—including visible signs of skin aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and discoloration—into one serum. In our opinion, one of the most interesting aspects of D.O.S.E is that the compounder can combine active ingredients that have historically been considered unmixable outside of a factory setting. Another interesting aspect? The machine operates at 1,200 rotations per minute to adequately combine the ingredients.
THE BENEFITS OF CUSTOMIZED SKIN CARE & SKINCEUTICALS CUSTOM D.O.S.E
As mentioned above, turning to beauty products that are customized for your specific skin concerns is one of the most efficient ways to achieve successful results, especially when it comes to targeting signs of aging where recommendations can vary from person to person. “Our customers are consistently concerned with skin aging and discoloration, among various skin conditions that require a personalized approach to address them,” says Christina Fair, General Manager of SkinCeuticals. “The D.O.S.E technology empowers skincare professionals to co-create personalized formulas that address patients’ unique skin care needs on the spot, in minutes."
HOW CAN YOU EXPERIENCE SKINCEUTICALS CUSTOM D.O.S.E?
In order to participate in the D.O.S.E experience, you have to pay a visit to a skincare professional. This one-on-one consultation can help determine key areas of concern on the skin, as well as the active ingredients that make the most sense to combine together to help address them. The expert completes an assessment on a tablet which transfers the information over to the D.O.S.E machine. The machine mixes the ingredients and in no time a customized serum is dispensed, along with a custom-printed label equipped with an expiration date and bar code so you can re-order with ease once it runs out.
And that’s it! You’re ready to take your customized serum home.
WHO CAN TRY THE SKINCEUTICALS CUSTOM D.O.S.E EXPERIENCE?
In short: Everyone! When choosing specific active ingredients to include in D.O.S.E, over 250 unique skin types were considered by L’Oréal scientists in their research. In fact, they spent 12 months determining which combinations of active ingredients could cater to a wide variety of consumer needs.
SKINCEUTICALS CUSTOM D.O.S.E REVIEW
Typically you have to head to a dermatologist's office to be able to try SkinCeuticals Custom D.O.S.E, but our friends at SkinCeuticals invited us to attend a launch event with top dermatologists who would assess your skin and send you home with your very own Custom D.O.S.E serum. Upon entering the event, I was given a brief introduction into the Custom D.O.S.E technology, as well as some of the highly-concentrated ingredients that can be carefully chosen for my very own corrective serum.
- AHA (Glycolic, Lactic, and Phytic Acid)
- H + H (Hepes and Hydrovance)
- K + B3 (Kojic Acid and Niacinamide)
- LI + M (Licorice Root and Mulberry Extract)
- SYM (SymWhite)
- PXN (Proxylane)
- RET (Retinol)
Depending on your specific skin type and concerns, a skin care professional would handpick a selection of the above-mentioned ingredients to be formulated into your own Custom D.O.S.E serum. As for the base of the formulation, a skin care professional would choose between a hydroalcoholic base (an oil-free base with a fluid texture that's ideal for oily skin types) or an emulsion base (a light base with a milky texture and conditioning agents that's ideal for dry skin types).
After getting a basic introduction to Custom D.O.S.E, I was escorted to meet the skin care professional who would be examining my skin and formulating my customized serum: board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Karan Sra. Dr. Sra took time to introduce all facets of the Custom D.O.S.E machine, as well as the success she's seen amongst her own patients who have been using their Custom D.O.S.E serums for months. She asked me about my personal skin care routine, including products I currently use to help ensure that my Custom D.O.S.E serum could blend right in without causing an unwanted reaction. I explained to her that my skin is sensitive and we settled on a formulation of Hepes + Hydrovance, Licorice Root + Mulberry Extract, and Proxylane. A few clicks of a tablet later, the D.O.S.E machine began filling a serum bottle with my specific formulation. I watched—in awe—as the ingredients gently dispensed into my serum bottle. Once filled to the top, it was time to blend it all together. Rotating at 1,200 rotations per second for just a few minutes, my serum was finally ready. The final step was placing a custom label on the serum bottle with my name on it, as well as the formula ID and an expiration date three months out.
THE FINAL VERDICT
The whole experience from start to finish was incredibly neat, but now it was time to finally test my Custom D.O.S.E serum. After a few days of applying my personal serum in the morning and night, I noticed an increase in skin hydration and softness. As mentioned, my skin is sensitive and allergy-prone, and I was thankful that I did not experience a negative reaction to my serum. I believe much of that has to do with the consultation I had with Dr. Sra. She help make sure no ingredients that could be potentially irritating to me were included in the formulation. Since there are little to no preservatives included in a Custom D.O.S.E serum, the formula does expire after three months of creation, at which point it's important to visit your skin care provider for a refill. I know I will be! For more information on how you can get yours hands on a Custom D.O.S.E serum, visit skinceuticals.com/customdose.
Curious to know more about the science behind and making of SkinCeuticals products? Check out our behind-the-scenes look into SkinCeuticals laboratories, here!